Research at CIS-IUL


CIS research includes (a) the empirically-based development of theories and models and (b) the application of such theories to the analysis and solution of social, political and economic problems of Portugal and beyond. Researchers are organized in research groups sharing scientific interests and backgrounds. These groups meet regularly for scientific exchange, collaboration and internal evaluation of research activities.

CIS currently has 4 research groups:

  • Behavior, Emotion and Cognition (BEC);
  • Community psychology, Education and Development (CED);
  • Health for All: a psychosocial approach to health (H4A);
  • Psychology of societal change: Ψchange (PsyChange). 

Aside from research conducted in these groups, researchers also collaborate across groups in six specific thematic lines:

  • Developing child and adolescent in diverse contexts: opportunities and risks
  • Gender, sexualities and intersectionality.
  • New trends on body, mind and contexts
  • Seeds of inclusion - diversity and social justice
  • SCOPE: sustainable communities, organizations and places
  • SOS empathy: studying opportunities and obstacles for safer and empathic societies

Much of CIS’ research is conducted within externally funded projects. Researchers within all of these groups collaborate regularly in their research projects with national and international scientists from other disciplines such as sociology (international surveys, gender), medicine, social ecology, environmental engineering, ecology (environmental assessment studies), biology (facial expression of emotions in primates), architecture and urbanism (psychology of public space). 

Past CIS groups

From 2012 to 2014, CIS had 3 research groups. For information about them, follow the links below:


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